Radon is found in soil and rocks. It can enter our home or office through cracks and gaps in the foundation walls. Radon can also be found in well water. The amount of radon in the air is measured in picocuries per liter or “pCi/L.”Indoor levels can be as outdoor, 0.3 pCi/L or measure hundreds of times higher. The NEHA action level of 4.0 pCi/L.
Radon problems have been identified in almost every state, with the highest amounts measured in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Maine, Florida, New York, Colorado, Tennessee, and Montana. The NEHA estimates that 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States has an elevated level of radon gas. In some areas, as many as 1 out of every 5 homes may be affected.
Radon gas contains radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. These particles release small bursts of energy that can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer.
Although some scientists dispute the precise number of deaths caused by radon, ALL major health organizations including the American Lung Association, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Medical Association agree with the estimates -up to 22,000 people die of lung cancer each year being exposed to radon gas.
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